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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A loss of blood occurring at the time of the menstrual flow elsewhere than from the uterus, and taking the place of the regular flow; vicarious menstruation.


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  • A medical condition in which blood flows from some part of a woman's body at a different place than (but at the same time as, and replacing) her regular menses. Also called vicarious menstruation. From Greek words meaning 'strange' and 'menses.'

    July 9, 2008